Dr Pr. D’Agostino, MD, PhD

Hand Clinic Brussels - Lasne

LOUISE +32 2 534 29 99 LASNE +32 2 653 11 11

Luxations and Fractures

What you should know

A luxation is a dislocated joint, and requires urgent resetting into the correct position.

Fractures may be partial or complete, displaced or undisplaced. Fractures involving a major displacement or affecting a joint are particularly serious. The term 'open fracture' is used when there is a wound in contact with the fracture – in this case there is a very serious risk of infection to the bone or joint.

What you should do

Immobilise the painful or deformed area with a support bandage

Immediately consult a specialist centre for an x-ray examination. Some fractures or sprains require immediate surgery.

Seek advice from a specialist in hand surgery to ensure you receive the most suitable treatment.

What you should not do

Neglect any painful swelling in a finger or wrist